This link is a flexbook an AP Art History teacher put together on the Baroque period. It is a wondeful resource to use to walk the student through activities such as defining key vocabulary words, identifying great works, creating a timeline, understanding historical context of works and periods, and more. A wonderful, free resource that can be used to prepare for an AP Art History test, or for a unit study for any age.
Masterpiece Cards are a set of 250 art history cards. The Cards portray art paintings from over 200 famous painters found in nearly 100 U. S. and European art museums. The Cards feature art paintings discussed most often in leading art history books, creating a consensus identifying some of the best paintings in the world.
reproduce world famous paintings in images authorized by art museums (= authentic color)
explain the meaning and significance to art history of each work
survey 5+ centuries of art history, capturing art history highlights from Renaissance paintings through Pop art paintings.
On the reverse of each Card are facts about each work, and a commentary explaining the painting's significance, written by an art history expert (or two!). Each Card is color-coded to show the city or country where it's located, creating an itinerary of must-see masterpieces in art museums.
Who uses the Cards? AP art history students and teachers; parents wishing to teach young children about famous paintings; attendees in art history, art appreciation, and art education classes; visitors to art museums; home education and homeschooling families; and curious minds of all ages!
Which works of art are included in Masterpiece Cards? Download the free Famous Paintings ebook at http://themasterpiececards.com
to learn the title and painter of each work; the year the painting was completed; and the art museum and city in which it is located. Discover which famous paintings to visit in art museums wherever you go. Masterpiece Cards offer a lifetime of art appreciation, one famous painting at a time.
Art In Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children
By Marianne Saccardi
This book offers a child-friendly way to bring art history to your elementary aged child, and works well with a historical approach to art.
The Book is 'Art in Story' by Marianne Saccardi. It is out in a new revision. This review is for the earlier version. The book includes some up-front instructions to assist you in using the book, contains resource appendices and 2 indexes (one by subject and one by art title). I understand that the new version has more entries in all categories.
It is geared towards elementary-aged children. Each lesson is fairly "stand alone", meaning you can pretty much 'dip' into this book as you see fit. The heart of the book is arranged as follows (I have selectively listed some chapters or as the author call them 'lessons').
The original version of the book is arranged in a combination Geographic/Time Line order:
Part 1 Ancients by culture
Part 2 Art of East & Africa
Part 3 Middle Ages, then Renaissance
Part 4 European Masters: van Eyck; Rembrandt Vermeer,Velazquez,Goya
Part 5 Impressionism and Post Impressionism
Part 6 American Art: Native, Colonial Historic, Primitive, Latter 19 Century
Part 7 Mexico
Part 8 Art of 20th Century: Matisse/Picasso/O'Keefe/Nevelson/Pollock & Computer Art (Greiman).
The chapters (aka lessons) under each 'Part' all follow the same layout, consisting of:
1-2 pages of background;
A story to read aloud to engage and evoke imagination;
Suggestions as to how to use visual resources to share the art with the children. Photos and suggested books are listed at the end of the chapter and/or in the appendix. Note that this part of the lesson also gives any special explanations to facilitate understanding;
Suggestions for students maintaining an art journal;
An Art/Drama Activity;
Occasionally the author includes a brief bullet point list of tie-ins to other studies.
SAMPLE LAYOUT OF A CHAPTER:
A page and a half of background--his life, his times, major impacts on him and on others--probably background for the teacher to draw on as you discuss Rembrandt. Possibly it is usable for reading, but by older students.
A 1-1/2 page story meant for read aloud. Designed to engage the children, tell his bio, and prime them to see the changes in his work.
A page or so suggesting you as instructor show the variety of materials he worked in, explaining how etchings were made using brief, child appropriate language (you could read aloud or just adapt), info that he is considered the ultimate master in the art of etching, names of some specific etchings to show, notes as to some of his famous oils (with just a touch of back story), and notes about his self portraits if you are including those.
A suggestion for an Art Journal activity and questions to think about to help--about a paragraph worth.
An Art activity of making a etching, including a list of materials and instructions as to how to do it.
Art Through Time: A Global View is a 13-episode series that examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences.
Learn about sound, music notation, text, and instruments in a fun, interactive exploration of musical repertoire. Although designed primarily for those aged 6-12, these engaging games allow both kids and adults to experience great music while learning music concepts in a stimulating environment.
The late Anna Botsford Comstock was the founder and first head of the Department of Nature Study at Cornell University and the first woman to be appointed to the Cornell faculty. Written originally for elementary school teachers, this book is as valid and helpful today as it was when it was first written in 1911.
This is a wonderful book for studying nature. It discusses details of living things: where are a cricket's ears located, how to tell if you have a male/female, what to feed your cricket, why a lightning bug "lights up". It covers birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, farm animals, pets, trees, flowers, rocks, weather, stars, etc, with labled diagrams. Fits wonderfully with a Charlotte Mason philosophy. Geared towards elementary grades, complete with lessons, questions, projects, etc. Over 800 pages of easily understood information.
For instructions on how to use this book with your children for doing Outdoor Hour challenges, go to
From the blog:
The first five challenges contain such important information from the Handbook of Nature Study that I don't think you should miss reading it. Those challenges set the stage for all further nature study and will give you a great overview of how to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. So my best suggestion for newcomers is to make sure to complete the first five challenges and then join us in challenge #20 with the year-long tree study.
If you have sort of stumbled along the way and need to get started again with the challenges, pick a challenge you can get excited about. Take 15-20 minutes for nature study in your own backyard. Keep it simple and let your child enjoy the time outdoors. If the challenge is completed or if you just have a great adventure outdoors, either way you are successful.
Illustrating Nature: Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World
By Irene Brady
Written for ages 13+, but younger children can use it effectively with some help.
This book was written by an award-winning nature book author and college-level instructor in scientific illustration and is a generously illustrated, complete guide to nature illustration, from beginning sketching to a professional career.
There are exercises to
advance the artist's skill in such different areas as shading; use of
pencil, pen, and computer; organizing and designing an illustration; field
sketching (and taking notes about the subject); and a multitude of procedures and tips, both large and small, that go into creating beautiful, professional
results. The heavily illustrated instructions for each exercise are clear,
concise, and lead the artist from elemental to complex in easy increments.
The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) offers free sheet music that is in the public domain. Search by composer, instrument, or time period.
From the site: We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome.
An article about the effects of music education on children's minds: the improved development of higher order thinking skills, including analysis, synthesis, logic, and creativity; improved concentration and lengthened attention spans; improved memory and retention; and improved interpersonal skills and abilities to work with others in collaborative ways.
Created by a homeschooling dad of 3, who also is a college professor of piano, this online music appreciation course is designed to take a maximum of 15 weeks.
This is an online course in understanding and appreciating the great classic works of music. It counts as an Honors Course for Homeschoolers since this course is typically taught to college freshmen.
In this course, the student will:
learn the basics of music terminology
study the lives of the great composers, from 1200 - 2011
hear distinguishing characteristics of each major era of music
identify the greatest works from each era
increase your enjoyment of timeless music
gain a historical perspective of music, and the world.
Students may decide to take the course in one of two ways:
Traditionally: following a traditional semester model, with specific deadlines for all tests and quizzes. Fifteen-week sessions begin periodically throughout the school year.
Self-Directed: completely self-directed, with only a beginning and ending date for completion.
This can begin on the first of any month, and remains open for 15 weeks.
Course material, quizzes, and tests are all online.
Web Access Code for one student: $50
Instructor Fee: $50
Multiple students in same family: $25
Through a partnership with Connect For Education of Reston, Virginia, Dr. Edwards is able to offer the course materials and the instruction fee at a significantly smaller cost than if taken at a university. No college credit is given, but it can fulfill homeschool needs and/or requirements.
Connect For Education provides the website where the primary interaction takes place. Student will have access to the text materials for study, as well as numerous listening examples. All assessments will take place online.
Dr. Edwards will facilitate the learning environment, providing assistance, additional explanations, video help and instruction.
A certificate of completion will be sent to the student when the course is finished.
Use weblink below to register or contact
This on-line site sells sheet digital music. Prices begin at $3.95. You can browse alphabetically by author, or instruments and voice. Every title offers a free preview of the piece online. They offer volume discounts: buy 5-10 digital titles and save 10%, 11-20 digital titles and save 15%, 21 or more digital titles and save 20%.
After you purchase and print a digital title, the site automatically sets up a file on your hard-drive so that you can re-print your selection any time.
A great website with cut-outs of famous machines and architectural feats & monuments: the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the White House & US Capital, the Globe Theatre, Neuschwanstein Castle, Sydney Opera House, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, and more.
From the site: Below you can explore information on artists and works featured in the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago. This local museum is located in the heart of Chicago and is home to works created by Vincent VanGogh, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassat, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and many others.
Choose among a number of collections and zoom in on and interact with various works. Learn about masters of art. A great site to explore!
This website contains images of a LARGE number of art works searchable by:
School of art
Form of art(sculpture/painting)
Type of art(still-life/religious)
Many drawings are included, as well as some ceramics, metalwork and other media. Your visit can be enhanced by clicking on the music tab to select period music to play as you view various works (MP3, MIDI & links to live classical music stations). Virtual tours of places like the Sistine Chapel are also available. The site has earned various awards and recommendations from sources as diverse as the BBC and Forbes. The remaining description comes from the website.
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 11th to mid-19th centuries. It was started in 1996 as a topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. More recently the periods of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism were also included.
The collection has some of the characteristics of a virtual museum. The experience of the visitors is enhanced by guided tours helping to understand the artistic and historical relationship between different works and artists, by period music of choice in the background and a free postcard service. At the same time the collection serves the visitors' need for a site where various information on art, artists and history can be found together with corresponding pictorial illustrations. Although not a conventional one, the collection is a searchable database supplemented by a glossary containing articles on art terms, relevant historical events, personages, cities, museums and churches.
The Web Gallery of Art is intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers. It is a private initiative not related to any museums or art institutions, and not supported financially by any state or corporate sponsors. However, we do our utmost, using authentic literature and advice from professionals, to ensure the quality and authenticity of the content.
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